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Oscar-Winning Short Filmmaker John Canemaker on His Career and State of Animation

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has profiled Oscar-winning short film director and animation historian John Canemaker. The profile covers Canemaker’s childhood, his start in animation, his tenure on the 1970’s TV show Patchwork Family, his career as a teacher of animation history, and his Oscar win for The Moon and the Sun over works from Pixar […]

Uphill Battle Marketing "Ratatouille" in a World of Sequels

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2007
The New York Times discusses the obstacles in marketing Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille — one of very few summer tentpole movies that is entirely original and cannot rely on being a sequel or an adaptation of material from other media (registration required). Among Disney’s more unusual marketing efforts are advertising a 9-minute clip posted on the official […]

Speedy Gonzales Clothing Line Launches in Los Angeles

by Ed Liuon April 23, 2007
A report in the Los Angeles Times covers the launch of a Speedy Gonzales-themed line of clothing at the West L.A. shop Nine*Star (free registation required). Footwear, shorts, pants, shirts, and hooded sweatshirts will be among the apparel emblazoned with the Fastest Mouse in All Mexico. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

Jim Thurman, "Roger Ramjet" and "Sesame Street" Writer, 1935 – 2007

by Ed Liuon April 23, 2007
Variety is reporting that Emmy Award-winning children’s television writer Jim Thurman passed away on April 14 at the age of 72. Thurman and the late Gene Moss were the co-writers and occasional voice actors for Roger Ramjet, an early syndicated cartoon from the 1960’s. Thurman was also an early writer for Sesame Street and The […]

Jorge R. Guiterrez & Sandra Equihua on Creating "El Tigre"

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has interviewed Jorge R. Guiterrez and Sandra Equihua, the husband-and-wife team that created El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon. The pair discuss their art backgrounds, origins and inspirations for Manny and his supporting cast, and how they’re dealing with the hit ratings for their new show. Other news […]

2007 Eisner Award Nominees Announced

by Ed Liuon April 19, 2007
The full list of the 2007 Eisner Award nominees has been released by the Eisner Awards Committee. Nominations with tie-ins to animation include: Best Short Story “Willie: Portrait of a Groundskeeper,” by Eric Powell, in Bart Simpsons’s Treehouse of Horror #12 (Bongo) Best Single Issue (or One-Shot) Batman/The Spirit #1: “Crime Convention,” by Jeph Loeb […]

"Happy Feet" Has Legs in DVD Sales

by Ed Liuon April 19, 2007
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Happy Feet is showing continued strength on the DVD sales charts, taking the #1 spot for the third consecutive week according to Nielsen VideoScan sales data. Total unit sales for the movie so far were not included in their report. (via Internet Movie Database)

PR:Boomerang to Celebrate Earth Day with "Captain Planet" Marathon

by Ed Liuon April 19, 2007
Boomerang to Celebrate Earth Day with 12-Hour Marathon of Groundbreaking Captain Planet and the Planeteers’ Most Topical Episodes 27 Key Episodes Selected by Renown Captain Planet Foundation to Run Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. In honor of Earth Day 2007 on April 21, Boomerang, Cartoon Network’s 24-hour network showcasing classic cartoons, will treat audiences […]

J. Torres on "Legion of Superheroes" Comics

by Ed Liuon April 18, 2007
Writer J. Torres has been interviewed about the Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century comic book tie-in to the Legion of Superheroes animated TV show. Torres discusses his past history with the Legion, similarities and differences between this Legion older incarnations, and what he would do with a Legion/Teen Titans Go! crossover issue. The […]

PR: VIZ Media Presents Exciting Properties at 2007 MIPTV

by Ed Liuon April 17, 2007
VIZ MEDIA PRESENTS EXCITING PROPERTIES AT 2007 MIPTV Industry Leader in Japanese Animation To Wow the Show from Booth #A012 San Francisco, April 17, 2007 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, arrives at MIPTV this year, Booth # A012, with a […]